Ah Bach

15 Feb

J.S. Bach once said, “Music’s only purpose should be the glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit.” Music is a wonderful language and was given to glorify God in heaven and to help encourage and edify men and women on earth. Someone recently asked me what I thought good music was? I told them, “Music is about blessing the Lord Jesus/Yeshua and thereby blessing others as a result. The simplicity of Bach’s statement shall ring true for all eternity. Psalms 33:3,“Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.”

Recently a friend shared with me how whilst on a business trip he met someone at his hotel as he described as, “a joyful born again maintenance man at his hotel.”  The maintenance gentleman was telling him all about his church and the made the comment, “Our choir only has singers because we don’t allow instruments” My friend asked why is this so? and the gentleman said in all sincerity, “instruments make it a performance.” My friend inquired, didn’t  King David play the harp? The gentleman said ‘ well yes, but that was Old Testament”….

My response to any  churches that refuse the use of instruments in fear they would be performing begs the question, who says singing without instruments isn’t also a performance?

Musical instruments were definitely used in worship in the Old Testament, but to forbid them in the New Testament shows a people perishing from lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
I reckon these churches would not allow bread to make a sandwich either by the same concept if bread was not specifically mentioned in the New Testament.
The fact remains that in the New Testament we find no place where any verses of passage condemns the use of musical instruments. Please let that sink in first. This also indicates for the erudite Berean type of believer (Acts 17:11) that the Old Testament practice was absolutely continued into the New Testament church. After all the Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in places like Matthew 5:17 ,”Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

Considering how the early church was mostly comprised of converted Jews. What are the chances that they continued using musical instruments in the 1st century church, just as they did in Old Testament temple worship? Can anyone tell a legalistic spirit when you see one who tries to build a case of how the creator of all things who invented music and instruments suddenly forbids instruments. Think of this then, which false religion do you know that takes this position? A religion that follows a god that kills, steals and destroys.

Just because certain churches say there is no explicit New Testament reference for playing an instrument, I dare say, they are indeed sadly mistaken and have not truly sought the Holy Spirits guidance here. These are the same sorts that erroneously think some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit have past away as well. We read in 2 Corinthians 1:20,”For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Straightaway this rebuts all those dispensational theories that try and steal from Christians things like the benefit of healing in this present dispensation. But I digress.

Clearly the church can use musical instruments in its worship service and should do so, in fact musicians are encouraged to play new songs and to play skillfully before the Lord. Maybe that means like going beyond just playing 3 chord songs and even understanding the basic mechanics of classical music. Maybe there are wonderful worship songs that might happen given the freedom that aren’t going to get played on lame stream Christian pop stations. Just saying….
However, there is in fact a clear reference to musical instruments in the New Testament often overlooked. We find in Ephesians 5:19, ” Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. ” OK at first glance many may miss this, however be like the Bereans here and study this: Making melody” comes from the Greek word “psallontes” which means “to rub or touch,” “to twitch or twang.” As the old saying goes,” it ain’t worth a dang if it ain’t got that twang”.   🙂
Making melody in your heart was commonly used in Greek to refer to playing a stringed musical instrument. For what it’s worth, our Holy Guide Book to the Supernatural certainly does not forbid the use of musical instruments in church. Nor does it suggest we ought not use bread to make a sandwich.

The Lord Jesus/Yeshua said in John 10:27,” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” Fight back overcomers, trust Papa God for every detail and stay in faith! Jesus said in Luke 21:15, “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ I say hallelujah! Because “All”, things are possible with God! I pray the Lord’s supernatural peace, healing, provision and protection cover you always with oceans of agape love in the almighty name of Jesus/Yeshua!
PASTOR CASPAR
Check out my newest song “America” that I wrote and recorded for Trey Smith’s newest film on Trump Prophesies. Downloads available from Caspar McCloud Music.com
Hard copies from SnT Radio.com/Store
Along with “Faithfulness the Anthology 2008-2016
Also my newest book “Unmasking the Future” just released.
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